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The Baby in the Window (Cass & Nick) (Volume 2) Paperback – May 22, 2013

Book 2 of 3 in the Cass & Nick Series

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About the Author

Shortly after graduating from USC with a degree in journalism, Alretha soon realized her interest in her major was not heartfelt. Instead of writing news stories, she wanted to write plays and books. Several years later, her church gave her an outlet to fulfill her writing desires through their Liturgical Fine Arts Department wherein Alretha penned twelve theatre pieces—the community response was overwhelming. This led to plays outside of the church, including Alretha’s “One, Woman Two Lives,” starring Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show), directed by four-time NAACP Image Award Best Director recipient, Denise Dowse. The production garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences. In between plays, Alretha’s first novel “Daughter Denied” was launched in 2008 and in 2011, Alretha launched “Dancing Her Dreams Away.” Her third novel, “Married in the Nick of Nine” was launched in 2012 and is taking readers and reviewers across the country by storm. “The Baby in the Window,” the standalone sequel to “Married in the Nick of Nine,” is Alretha’s fourth novel.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cass & Nick
  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Diverse Arts Collective; 1 edition (May 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615813755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615813752
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,593,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An award winning author, playwright, director, and producer, Alretha Thomas is making her name through her pen. Award winning plays and wanting to help her community, Alretha's background is as diverse as her personality. She started at the age of ten, when her 5th grade teacher picked and read her short story assignment in front of the class--that simple, loving act empowered a new writer. Continuing in high school, her numerous original oratorical conquests on the Speech Team led her to a journalism concentration at USC.

Upon graduating, Alretha soon realized that her interest in journalism was not heartfelt. While at the taping of a live sitcom, the producer noticed her and encouraged her hand at modeling. Modeling didn't mean much to her, but it did lead her to acting and a NAACP Theatre Award Nomination (1993) for BEST ACTRESS. Alretha left acting and began to write full time. Her church gave her an outlet to fulfill her writing desires through their Liturgical Fine Arts Department wherein Alretha penned twelve theatre pieces, six of which she directed--the community response was overwhelming.

This led to full length plays outside of the church. In 2002, The Stella Adler Theater presented A Shrine to Junior. The play was nominated for an NAACP Theatre Award and in 2004, Alretha's play, Civil Rites, was the recipient of an NAACP Theatre Award. Her play Grandpa's Truth ran at the Inglewood Playhouse in Inglewood, California in 2006, and was extended more than once by popular demand. Not only did radio station KJLH support by recommending this production to its listeners, but notables like the Mayor of Inglewood, Roosevelt Dorn, and music legends like Freda Payne and Stevie Wonder had critical acclaim for Grandpa's Truth. This wonderful piece was featured on Channel 5 (KTLA News) by Entertainment Reporter, Sam Rubin. Additionally, in 2007, Alretha's play that she wrote and directed, Sacrificing Simone, had a successful run at Stage 52 in Los Angeles and was called "an inspirational crowd pleaser" by the Los Angeles Times and in 2009, Alretha's ground breaking One, Woman Two Lives, starring Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show), directed by four-time NAACP Image Award Best Director recipient Denise Dowse, garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences.

In between plays, Alretha's first novel Daughter Denied was launched in 2008 and has received glowing reviews from readers and book clubs across the country. Representing her book, Alretha has been the guest on many radio shows and television shows including San Francisco Public Affairs show Bay Sunday with Barbara Rodgers on KTLA Channel 5. In 2011, Alretha launched her second novel Dancing Her Dreams Away, and it was also well received. Her third novel, Married in the Nick of Nine, spawned a four-book series that was acquired by Soul Mate Publishing in January 2014. Alretha's third indie novel, "Four Ladies Only," was released February 2014 and in August 2014 was awarded the Jessie Redmon Fauset Literary Award.


Customer Reviews

I look forward to reading your work again I definitely recommend this book!
Barbara Morgan
A definete page turner that keeps you reading on and on to find out what will happen next!
Cheryl Johnson
I was able to visualize and connect with the well developed characters in this story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By YO on June 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
I became a fan of Nick and Cass in the first book Married in the Nick of Nine. When I received the sequel I couldn't wait to see what was next in their lives. I expected excitement but what I didn't expect was the shock of events that unfold in this story. WOW! Alretha Thomas is true to form in this book as well. I've always appreciated her style of writing because she keeps me fully engaged every time. This is yet another one of her books that I just didn't want to put down. I love a good love story and when that story comes with so many twists and turns, I'm even more enthralled. The story touches on so many problems facing relationships today. The relationship between husband and wife, between step-parent and step-child, in-laws, parents and their influence on you and your marriage, relationships with extended family and on and on. The common thread between the success of any of these relationships is trust. In this story trust is tested over and over again! Baby in the Window is a must read. Honestly, if you haven't read Married in the Nick of Nine, do yourself a favor and read that first so that you can fully appreciate the experience that unfolds in Baby in the Window. Trust me, you won't be disappointed! Alretha Thomas, what's next in the lives of Nick and Cass. Bring it on because I'm ready!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Selatha Smith-Simmons on August 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
Another great hit!!!! Wish I could give more than 5 stars. "The Baby In The Window" is filled with twists, turns and shocks. Just when you think you know what will happen next a twist or turn jump out to hit you in the face and you are shocked as you sit with book in hand and your mouth open because what you thought is nothing like what happens. Renee is unlike any 13 year old I know with or without mental problems, Brian just loveable, Cass has patient unlike anyone I know dealing with Renee would cause anyone to have to count to ten many times daily, and lastly Nick it took a few long, long minutes for him to get his head out of hole in the ground when it came to Renee, but when he did he was the man he should have been all along standing by his wife. The best way to describe "The Baby in The Window" is "WOW" My sister Alretha has another hit on her hands. The way that she picked up the story from "Married In The Nick of Nine" was completely seamless. I finished the book wanting more, can't wait for the next installment.
Love you much Alretha, keep up the great work. Sister friends for life

Selatha in California, Founder of "Circle of Friends Book Club"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Johnson on July 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
An Excellent book, that exhibits the test of wills and faith, when it comes to love. I was completely shocked! and surprised! with the twist and turns in this novel that was written so well by the author Alretha Thomas. A definete page turner that keeps you reading on and on to find out what will happen next! Love, Trust,Strength and Belief are indeed inevitable in this novel that has a reminisce of bittersweet hoping that all will endure! Highly recommended!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn S. on September 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is the first book I've read of Alretha Thomas's and I must say, it was brilliant! It was a fast paced story that had me guessing on what would happen next. I enjoyed this book tremendously!

This story begins with the main character, Cassandra Harte (Cass), taking a pregnancy test. Cass, and her husband Nick, had been trying to get pregnant for months but were unsuccessful. Cass then realizes that she needs make a better plan at getting pregnant so she makes an ovulation calendar so she can seize that perfect 24-hour window. But after awhile even that plan fails. All Cass wants is a baby. She prays and wishes for God to bless her with a baby, especially a baby girl she wants to name Nicole. But soon, Cass realizes that her inability to become pregnant has nothing to do with her or even Nick and has everything to do with her evil thirteen year old stepdaughter, Renee. Will Cass ever become pregnant? And what role does her stepdaughter play in all of this?

Loved this book! I loved that the author mixed a little religion and faith into the book because it added so much to the story line. I found myself praying, while reading the book, for Cass and Nick to become pregnant. I adored the main character, Cassandra, because she was strong, funny, and loveable. I also loved her husband, Nick. I think he is such a good guy for her! Brian was one of my favorite characters. He was so cute, and how he defended Cass was beautiful! One character I did not like was, you guessed it, Renee. At first I felt back for the girl but after awhile, I wanted to smack her upside the head! *Shakes head* I felt so bad for Nick and Cass but I think they did a great job with her, considering the circumstances. What I did like was how the author portrayed Renee's character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Westrope on October 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
In the midst of trying to get pregnant, Cassandra finds herself fumbling in the role of full-time step-mom to her husband's two kids from his first marriage. The youngest, Brian, is easy and seems to genuinely like Cassandra, but thirteen-year-old Renee is a different story. You won't believe the things Cassandra has to deal with and overcome if her marriage (and her sanity) is to survive the trials. She tries to keep a strong hold on her faith and her family on this emotional roller coaster ride.

I enjoyed this book very much. The writing is very well done, and all the characters and events are very realistic. I was definitely drawn into the story and rooting for Cassandra. This is an emotionally packed story that deals with very real issues. For me, it wasn't quite a five star story, but I wish I could have given it 4-1/2 stars. I can't wait for the next book in this series to see how the family fares. I will surely recommend this one.
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